Tradition of Success at Edgewood College
Coach Brisack will be entering his 17th year as the Edgewood College skipper entering the 2016 season. Brisack, the winningest baseball coach in Edgewood College history, has won three conference titles, taken the Eagles to two NCAA Division III National Tournaments, and finished one game from the World Series in 2005. The Eagles have only failed to play in post-season three times under Brisack’s leadership.
Since taking over the helm in 2000, Brisack has coached 81 All-Conference performers; including back-to-back LMC Player of the Year recipients Travis Krahn (2004) and John Fish (2005) and Conference Rookie of the Year recipients Travis Krahn (2001) and Alex Berta (2006). The Eagles had a league best seven All-LMC members in 2005. Six players have garnered All-Region recognition: Travis Krahn (2001, 2003, 2004), Matt Hill (2001), Andrew Handorf (2005,2006), John Fish (2005), Ryan Halliburton (2006), and Cody Flynn (2007). In addition to success on the field, The Eagles have had 128 Conference Scholar-Athletes and three Academic All-Americans – Andrew Handorf (2005), and Jake Zadra (2011, 2012).
Brisack can be credited with building the Edgewood College baseball team into a Midwest Region contender — a program that played its first season in 1993. “We have built the Eagle Baseball Team on a total commitment to developing the fullest potential of each young man in the program – developing their potential in academics, in character and in baseball. Our success as a team will always be determined by the quality of the individuals in the program and their belief in common principles and goals. On the field, we want our players to play like this could be their last day of baseball and to take pride in their fundamentals and execution. Ultimately, this program is about young men having a great college experience while playing the greatest game on Earth!”
Loving to teach the game, Brisack has had success at every level he has coached. As head coach at St. Bernard High School in Eureka, Calif., Brisack compiled a 156-50 record. He coached St. Bernard to five league titles from 1992 to 1999, 7 sectional appearances, two sectional titles, 6 California top 10 rankings, and was named the ABCA National High School Coach of the Year in 1998 after leading his team to a 27-3 overall record and a No. 1 ranking in the state polls.From 1996 to 1999, Brisack served as Coach of the Humboldt (Calif.) Crabs Collegiate Baseball Program, the winningest and oldest such club in the country. In addition to the on-field duties, he directed the Humboldt Crab’s Baseball Camps and assisted in the recruitment of the top collegiate players in the Country. Brisack has sent some of his Edgewood College players to Humboldt to continue their summer development.
During his coaching career, Brisack has coached numerous professional players, including Edgewood’s Travis Krahn and Matt Krueger. Brisack also had the privilege of taking the first U.S. collegiate team to the country of Aruba for both competition and the opportunity to instruct young Aruban players in the summer of 2003.
Under Brisack, Eagle baseball teams have also taken a great deal of pride in giving back to the community. Whether they are speaking to an elementary school class or mentoring high school students, Brisack encourages his student-athletes to make a difference in the world around them. Brisack’s Eagles are very active with local youth baseball programs – hosting youth coaches’ clinics, the popular Eagle Baseball Camps, Spring Training Days and generally promoting the “greatest game on earth” while educating young players on the dangers of spit tobacco use through the Eagle’s Strike out Snuff program.
In addition to his duties with Edgewood’s baseball program, Brisack was named Athletic Director at the College on July 6, 2006.
Coach Brisack is married to wife Michele. The couple has been blessed with two beautiful children.